Season 14 of the Real Housewives of Orange County is officially in the books, but it’s not the end of Kelly Dodd. Even though she previously hinted that she was thinking about giving up her orange so she could move to New York and live with her husband-to-be Rick Leventhal, she now says that’s not going to happen.
Last month, Dodd got engaged to the Fox News correspondent, who is based in New York City. And not long after the proposal, Dodd said she liked the idea of her 13-year-old daughter Jolie going to school on the East Coast. And, she also talked about her friendship with Real Housewives of New York stars Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, and Ramona Singer, implying that she would fit right into the RHONY cast.
“I feel like I fit in better because I’m friends with Sonja and Dorinda,” said Dodd. “Like, I’m really good friends with them. I talk to them on the phone all the time. So, I mean, it would be, like, a nice transition, perhaps. I mean, I would like to get a job transfer.”
But now, it appears that Dodd has changed her tune and will stay in Orange County. According to AllAboutTRH, Dodd recently took part in an Instagram Live Q&A with her co-star Braunwyn Windham-Burke, and Dodd confirmed that she is staying in California and will continue to be part of RHOC instead of moving to New York and joining the cast of RHONY.
Dodd said that she is staying in California because that’s where Jolie goes to school. And later, when a fan asked about Leventhal, she revealed that he is moving to the OC.
This news probably doesn’t sit well with the Tres Amigas – Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, and Shannon Beador – who were more than happy to send Dodd across the country when she talked about joining RHONY. Beador even called it a “great idea.”
Dodd and Leventhal got engaged in early November after three months of dating. It was Singer who introduced the couple, and she told Entertainment Tonight that she loves Dodd and Leventhal together.
“Kelly stayed with me, she had just broken up with her boyfriend, and I said, ‘Come stay with me,’” explained Singer. “She stayed with me for eight days…I dragged her from one party to another, and the one-party she didn’t want to go to because, ‘Oh, it’s too far…’ [and] that’s where she met Rick and fell in love! So, there you go. Yes, I’m very happy for her.”
Kelly Dodd and Rick Leventhal will tie the knot on October 10, 2020, and she says that Medley will be officiating the ceremony. And, of course, Singer will be part of it since she introduced them.
The ladies of Real Housewives of New York will return in the spring of 2020 for Season 12 on Bravo. And, the ladies of Real Housewives of Orange County will be back next fall.